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The inaugural meeting of the Brampton chapter of CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) will be held May 7.
The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Brampton Soccer Centre at Dixie Road and Sandalwood Parkway.
CARP Brampton Chapter 52 has been in the works for some time, and the inaugural meeting will be the official kick-off for the group. Executive elections will follow in the fall.
CARP is a three-pronged organization for those 55 years old and up. It advocates for seniors, it has a social/community component and it leverages its national strength to bring its members discounts and deals on a wide variety of things.
On the political front, local organizers hope to tackle issues that include seniors health, pension reform, fiscal challenge of aging boomers, guaranteed annual income, national elder abuse, and aging at home. The local chapter will have the clout of the national organization behind it.
There are currently 2,300 CARP members in Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville. All will be affiliated with the Brampton chapter.
CARP has a website— www.CARP.ca, and publishes Zoomer magazine. Membership also brings with it “members-only” discounts on everything from car rentals and hotels to insurance and cellphone service. CARP membership is $20 a year, or $50 for three years.
Seniors are invited to join the Brampton chapter here: [email protected]